You will gain a broad understanding of different areas of business on this course. It represents your first step towards a nationally recognised qualification at an advanced level, accelerating your career progress and opening doors to higher education opportunities.
You will need to have at least five GCSEs, of which both English and Maths must be at a minimum of grade 4 (C) or above. Alternatively, a BTEC First Diploma/Extended First Diploma at Merit or Distinction grade will be accepted but this must be accompanied by grade 4/C or above in both GCSE English and Maths. You may be required to undertake a full screening at the College to help us identify which level of study is most appropriate for you.
A range of units is covered that may include:
Plus there is a wide range of optional units in a variety of Business topics.
This Business BTEC is assessed through assignments, tasks and written exams. The assessment methods for assignments include presentations, posters, video blogs/presentations, observations and various research projects.
Students are strongly advised to purchase a copy of the text book and exam revision books.
You may be required to make a contribution to the enrichment activities undertaken in support of the course delivery, including exciting trips to businesses.
The second year of this programme is the BTEC National Extended Diploma and that is the natural progression route, after which you could then advance to a Higher Education Business programme with Derby College Group.
You could also consider going to university to gain a degree in Human Resource Management, Marketing, Law, Accountancy/Finance or Business Studies/Business Management, to name but a few subjects. Another option could be a Business, Customer Service or Team Leading apprenticeship. Derby College Group can help you find the right opportunity.
Teenager Aaron Curd left school knowing that he wanted a career in business, possibly in property, where there was an opportunity to earn good money. But he did not know the best way to go about it until he contacted Derby College and lined up his two year BTEC Level 3 in Business.
Aaron, 19, from Darley Abbey, said the course, which he completed with a distinction and double distinction star, "narrowed down what I wanted to do and set me up for my job." As part of Derby College's Employer Academy he did work experience at Hannells Estate Agents.
That directly led him to get a foot on the property career ladder. When a position came up, Aaron was taken on and he is now a sales negotiator and a valued member of the team. Victoria Downing, area manager with Hannells Estate Agents, said the business identifies potential future employees via its Academy link with the College.
She added: "Derby College's business course is designed to prepare students for the workplace. We offer support and work experience during their course and we also help them with work/life skills."
Derby College's Employer Academy programme aims to boost students' employability skills and job prospects as well as giving employers the opportunity to shape the college curriculum. It also reduces employers' costs for recruiting young people into job and apprenticeship roles after their College course.
The course opened up lots of different routes I could have taken, and lots of different topics, like human resources, marketing, law and setting up your own business. I did work experience at Hannells and they offered me a job at the end of August. My studies help with my work, particularly in marketing and customer services. I'm enjoying every day – it's a career. The course narrowed down what I wanted to do and set me up for my job.